LISTEN: Ramatlhodi talks about Molefe, Ngubane interference

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Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi signed the agreement with Canada's Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast. The MoU was concluded on the sidelines of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference.

JOHANNESBURG -  Former Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi confirmed that Eskom board chairperson, Ben Ngubane and CEO Brian Molefe approached him to help the Gupta family secure Optimum Coal Mine, while he was at the helm of the department.

The revelations came as allegations surfaced through media reports which Ramtlhodi confirmed on eNCA on Tuesday morning.

When asked why he was revealing the information now, Ramatlhodi said it was his duty to be truthful. The former minister told Ama-bhungane that Molefe and Ngubane, tried to influence his work.

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At the time, the company's Optimum Coal Mine was struggling.

It placed the mine in business rescue in August, after Molefe refused to renegotiate a long-term supply contract.

Molefe also reinstated a disputed penalty of over R2-billion that the mine supposedly owed, for supplying substandard coal.

Ramatlhodi says Molefe and Ngubane insisted he suspend Glencore's mining licences but refused. He was later fired by President Jacob Zuma.